Health

Sgt. Elizabeth Stippich, a combat medic specialist with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, checks the blood pressure of Julia Thompson at her St. Thomas home. Soldiers from the 108th Area Support Medical Company provided in-home medical care to V.I. residents on St. Thomas as part of hurricane relief efforts, in coordination with the 200th Military Police Company and Maryland Army National Guard. A new study says that hundreds of Virgin Islanders may have died as a result of the 2017 hurricanes.

A new study published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health is the first research-based report specific to the Virgin Islands that attempts to quantify the public health impact of the 2017 hurricanes.

“There is general agreement that the U.S. failed to provide aggressive, post-hurricane support in Puerto Rico. But what our paper does is document for the first time that this was a huge problem in the U.S. Virgin Islands too,” said Dr. J. Glenn Morris, who is the study’s corresponding author and a professor of infectious diseases in the University of Florida’s College of Medicine.

— Contact Suzanne Carlson at 340-714-9122 or email scarlson@dailynews.vi.